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NRCS Seeking Project Proposals for Pacific Salmon Habitat Improvement Partnership (PSHIP)

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Contact:
Rick Noble,
West Area Conservationist 
Natural Resources Conservation Service
(360) 704-7740

For immediate release

SPOKANE, Wash. (Feb. 6, 2013) – Today, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced they are seeking project proposals for the Pacific Salmon Habitat Improvement Partnership (PSHIP) to assist with restoration of habitat and improve water quality for salmon in the Puget Sound. NRCS will work with federal, state, and local governments, tribes, and non-governmental organizations to identify willing landowners on working lands.

Approximately $2 million is available to leverage public/private partnerships and additional financial commitments to promote innovative conservation solutions that benefit our valuable natural resources; water and wildlife.

Successful PSHIP project proposals will describe systematic and comprehensive approaches to address salmon habitat that has been negatively impacted by historic or current agricultural use. Proposals will help identify willing landowners who may be interested in voluntarily implementing conservation practices on their land. Financial and technical assistance will be provided by NRCS and other partners to enhance and restore priority salmon habitat. Potential conservation measures include the establishment or improvement of buffers, removal of fish passage barriers, and other fish-friendly practices.

Projects will be located across the Puget Sound Basin and financial assistance will be provided through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) on working agricultural lands. While any project in the Puget Sound that meets the criteria is eligible, priority will be given to those projects treating working lands in the Nooksak, Lower Skagit, Sillaguamish, Skykomish, Snohomish, and Nisqually watersheds.

Project proposals from potential partners are due by March 1, 2013.

Potential partners should describe and quantify assistance being offered to NRCS in the areas of outreach to potential applicants, engineering services, cost-share to landowners, conservation planning, monitoring or other innovative approaches consistent with salmon recovery. Individual applicants supported by the selected project proposals must apply for EQIP from March 11-April 5, 2013.

The NRCS will be holding two optional informational sessions to provide an opportunity for prospective partners and tribes to ask questions and interact directly with NRCS staff prior to proposal submission.

February 19, 2013 1:00 pm-3:30pm
Mt. Vernon Service Center Downstairs Conference Room
2021 E. College Way
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

February 22, 2013 10:00am-12:30pm
NRCS Area Office
Willaby Conference Room
1835 Black Lake Blvd
Olympia, WA 98512

Full project proposal instructions can be found here. For questions, contact , 360-704-7782 or Sherre Copeland, Partnership Liaison, 360-704-7758.

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